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Canes RB Duke Johnson advances in awards watch

Duke Johnson is eighth nationally with 1,343 yards rushing this season and is averaging 7.26 yards per carry.
Duke Johnson is eighth nationally with 1,343 yards rushing this season and is averaging 7.26 yards per carry. Miami Herald Staff

Duke Johnson was included in the next round of candidates for two prestigious college football awards Wednesday.

Johnson was named one of 10 semifinalists for the Doak Walker Award that goes to the top running back in college football.

He also was named one of 15 “players to watch” for the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award. Only one other running back – junior Melvin Gordon of Wisconsin (No. 1 in nation with 1,909 rushing yards, 23 touchdowns, 8.6 yards per carry) – was named among the 15 players.

Johnson, a junior, is eighth nationally with 1,343 yards. He is seventh nationally with 7.26 yards per carry. He gained 130 yards against Florida State to eclipse the 100-yard mark for his sixth consecutive game. He needs 122 yards to pass all-time Hurricanes career rusher Ottis Anderson (3,331).

The other running backs up for the Doak Walker Award are Gordon, Ameer Abdullah (Sr.) Nebraska; Jay Ajayi (Jr.) Boise State; Javorius Allen (Jr.) USC; Cameron Artis-Payne (Sr.) Auburn; Matt Breida (So.) Georgia Southern; Tevin Coleman (Jr.) Indiana; James Conner (So.) Pittsburgh; and Devon Johnson (Jr.) Marshall.

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